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First Global Congress on Biotechnology (Nov 22-25)
Join fellow medical professionals, researchers and investors from around the world for the first “Global Congress on Biotechnology: Diagnostics and Therapeutics” in Hong Kong on November 22-25. Learn and exchange views on the latest biotech development; meet with potential investors and explore and capture the opportunities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area and the Belt and Road countries through Hong Kong. The keynote speaker is Professor Bernard Roizman Sc D., who is internationally recognized for his contributions in the study of human herpesvirus research. Other panel speakers comprise distinguished scholars and entrepreneurs in biomedical engineering, pharmaceuticals and regenerative medicine.This congress is organized by Hong Kong Biotechnology Organisation, which aims to establish and facilitate a worldwide platform for the biotech industry. Early bird registration is available until November 1. The first 200 registrants will receive a a special edition of Bauhinia DNA necklace (valued at US$200) by New York-based designer Elaine Young. To register: http://www.hkbio.org.hk/hkbh2017/index.php/en/.

  First Global Congress on Biotechnology (Nov 22-25)
     

Hong Kong Remains World’s Freest Economy
Clement Leung, Hong Kong Commissioner to the United States, welcomed the publication of the 2017 Economic Freedom of the World report which once again ranks Hong Kong as the world leader in economic freedom. The report is co-published by the Cato Institute, the Fraser Institute of Canada and more than 70 think tanks around the world. It measures economic freedom (levels of personal choice, ability to enter markets, security of privately owned property, rule of law, etc.) by analyzing the policies and institutions of 159 countries and territories. “The report affirms Hong Kong’s commitment to upholding free market principles and the rule of law which sustain a healthy business environment,” said Mr. Leung. Details here.

  Hong Kong Remains World’s Freest Economy
     

Secretary for Justice explains legal basis in jailing of activists
Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen said that the review of sentence was dealt with strictly in accordance with the law. He reiterated that the defendants were convicted and sentenced for their unlawful conduct, not for their political ideas. In a published op-ed (Aug 24), Mr Yuen outlined and explained the different stages of the legal and judicial process, emphasizing that Hong Kong upholds judicial independence and the city’s Judiciary is recognized for its independence and professionalism. He called on the public and the international community to continue to respect Hong Kong's judicial independence and refrain from baseless attacks. Details here.

  Allegation of "political interference" in prosecution and court decision unfounded and groundless
   

Allegation of "political interference" in prosecution and court decision unfounded and groundless
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam rejected claim of political interference in Hong Kong's courts, adding that the rule of law and judicial independence are vital to the city's stability and prosperity. In response to the procession on the case of the sentence review, the Government has issued a statement (Aug 21) stating that the decisions to prosecute and appeal were made in accordance with the Prosecution Code, applicable laws and relevant evidence, as clearly pointed out by the Department of Justice earlier, and that there is absolutely no political consideration involved. Further, allegations that the Court is under political interference are totally unfounded and groundless. The Hong Kong Bar Association and the Law Society of Hong Kong have pointed out the errors in these allegations in a joint statement.

 
     

Hong Kong civil service examination dates announced
The dates for civil service examination in 2017 and its application has been announced. For more information, click here.

  Hong Kong civil service examination dates announced
     

HKUST develops hydrogels that could enhance material biology and biomedicine
A research team at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has created a new protein-based, stimuli-responsive smart hydrogel that could open doors for future material biology and biomedical applications. For details, click here.

  HKUST develops hydrogels that could enhance material biology and biomedicine
     

Hong Kong Remains World’s Freest Economy
The Hong Kong government welcomed the Heritage Foundation's ranking of Hong Kong as the world's freest economy for the 23rd consecutive year in its 2017 Index of Economic Freedom. The Index ranks the degree of economic freedom in 186 economies, based on 12 quantitative and qualitative factors such as rule of law and open markets. Hong Kong has been ranked the world’s freest economy since the index was first published in 1995. Details here.

  Hong Kong Remains World’s Freest Economy
     

Hong Kong ranked world's most competitive economy
Hong Kong has been crowned the world's most competitive economy for the second consecutive year, according to the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) World Competitiveness Yearbook 2017. Among the four competitive factors, the IMD highly recognized Hong Kong on its government efficiency and business efficiency while the city's ranking in 'infrastructure' also showed an improvement. Financial Secretary Paul Chan welcomed the ranking saying the ranking is a clear recognition of the city's steadfast fiscal discipline, as well as the incessant effort put into building a favorable business environment and a robust financial system. Details here.

  Hong Kong ranked world's most competitive economy
     

Hong Kong's Advantages in Belt and Road Initiatives
Hong Kong, with its unique advantages, can make an important contribution to the Belt & Road initiatives - a visionary, long-term initiative launched by the Chinese government to foster closer economic, political, cultural, and social links across Asia to the Middle East, Europe and Africa. As a "superconnector" and an international trade and business center, Hong Kong can leverage its strengths in financial and professional services, transport and logistics, legal services and dispute resolution. For more information on Hong Kong's advantages, click here.

  Hong Kong's Advantages in Belt and Road Initiatives
     

Safeguard HK App
For travelers and students outside Hong Kong, you would find the new app "Safeguard HK" useful. It provides useful information on safety and assistance in handling emergencies that may occur during travels outside of Hong Kong, e.g. major emergency incidents happening around the world, outbound travel alerts, contact information for Chinese consulates in host countries, etc. 
The app is available for free from Google Play and Apple App Store.
For more information: http://www.sb.gov.hk/eng/news/mobileapp/index.htm

  Safeguard HK App


Activities

     

Double-champ crowned
Tai-chi coach Lisa Chan, capturing the exhilarating moments of the 27th Hong Kong Dragon Festival in New York in August, emerged as the double-champion of the photo and video contest organized by Sing Tao Daily and the HKETONY, winning both the best photo and best video awards. Director of HKETONY Joanne Chu congratulated the winners, especially those in video segment, which was introduced for the first time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong SAR. Details here.

  Double-champ crowned
     

First ever large-scale Hong Kong design exhibition in Chicago opens
The Chicago edition of the “Confluence · 20+ Creative Ecologies of Hong Kong” exhibition opened in Chicago (October 13, Chicago time) with the timely news that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government would accord due importance to the promotion of design and devote more resources to its development. Addressing the opening ceremony, the Director of HKETONY, Ms Joanne Chu said the Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam had announced that funding of US$128 million would be injected into the CreateSmart Initiative, which aims to nurture young talents and encourage projects that promote Hong Kong designers and brands. “Confluence · 20+”, a roving exhibition featuring signature works by 20 outstanding designers, celebrates the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR. The Chicago exhibition runs through November 4. Details here.

  First ever large-scale Hong Kong design exhibition in Chicago opens
     

Hong Kong is ideal for FinTech sector
Hong Kong's strengths – stability, opportunity and security – makes it the ideal place for the FinTech sector investment, said Director of HKETONY Joanne Chu when she addressed the opening of an InvestHK forum in Chicago (Sep 11). In her first speaking engagement in the Windy City, she highlighted Hong Kong’s business-friendly environment and business opportunities for Chicago firms under the Belt and Road Initiative and in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Bay Area. Details here.

  Hong Kong is ideal for FinTech sector
     

Atlanta celebrates dragon boat tradition
Paddlers rowing in tandem in colorful dragon boats took to the waters at the Lake Lanier Olympic site, with 80 dragon boat teams from across Southeast USA going head-to-head, competing for top prizes at the 22nd Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Atlanta (Sep 9). In her first visit to Georgia, Director of HKETONY Joanne Chu officiated at the festival's opening. Details here.

  Atlanta celebrates dragon boat tradition
     

Director promotes trade in first visit to Atlanta
In her first duty visit to Atlanta (Sep 8), Director of HKETONY Joanne Chu highlighted trade and business opportunities in her meetings government officials and business leaders in the Peach State. She met with COO of the Georgia Department of Economic Development Bert Brantley along with Abby Turano, Deputy Commissioner, International Relations and Dawn Townsend, Deputy Director for International Trade. While in Atlanta, Ms Chu also met with Senior Director of Foreign Investment John Woodward, at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Details here.

  Director promotes trade in first visit to Atlanta
     

Director-General of Investment Promotion visits New York
In his meeting with the New York business community on August 22, Director-General of Investment Promotion of Invest Hong Kong Stephen Phillips said InvestHK wants to help companies grow in and via Hong Kong. He highlighted business opportunities Hong Kong offers to US companies, under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Bay Area. Details here.

  Director-General of Investment Promotion visits New York
     

Asian Youth Orchestra ends US tour in New York with flourish
The 100-plus strong, Hong Kong-based Asian Youth Orchestra performed to a standing ovation in New York on August 13, a fitting note to close their tour across the United States. They had performed in San Francisco, San Jose, Washington D.C., and Brevard (NC) earlier in the month. Details here.

  Asian Youth Orchestra ends US tour in New York with flourish
     

Bidding adieu to summer interns
Six young undergrads from Hong Kong and the US are wrapping up their summer internships in the office, after two months helping out in various publicity and administrative duties primarily related to the celebration of the 20th anniversary (of the establishment of the Hong Kong SAR). The interns tried their hand at drafting FB posts, remarks and research reports, and were heavily involved in organising various publicity events such as the 20A Gala Dinner, the New York Asian Film Festival and the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York. Details here.

  Bidding adieu to summer interns
     

HKETONY rings bell at New York’s stock exchange, for HK Dragon Boat Festival in New York
Joining other executives and sponsors, HKETONY director Joanne Chu visited the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and rang the opening bell on Aug 10 to usher in the Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in NY, to be held Aug 12-13. Details here.

  HKETONY rings bell at New York’s stock exchange, for HK Dragon Boat Festival in New York
     

After Suzhou, there are no more boats: John Slosar to US businesses
Hong Kong chairman of the Hong Kong-United States Business Council John Slosar gave a luncheon talk on August 3 reflecting on the 20 years of development in Hong Kong and giving an update on the city’s opportunities for US businesses. Details here.

  After Suzhou, there are no more boats: John Slosar to US businesses
     

Farewell My Friends
Director of HKETONY Steve Barclay bids farewell to the office and will be returning to Hong Kong for his retirement. He reflects on his life and career with the Hong Kong government.

  Farewell My Friends
     

Remarks by Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York Steve Barclay at a Media Session (July 26, 2017)
Director of HKETONY Steve Barclay recounted some of the proudest accomplishments of his three-year stint in New York in the final media session (July 26)before his upcoming retirement. As the pioneer of the office’s first Facebook page and the driving force behind sports exchange for Hong Kong rugby teams in New York, he expressed his hope that the office would continue to build on his efforts to reach out to a new generation. Details here.

  Remarks by Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York Steve Barclay at a Media Session (July 26, 2017)
     

Director-designate of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York Joanne Chu meets local media
Director-designate of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York Joanne Chu, met with the local media in New York. Details here.

  Director-designate of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York Joanne Chu meets local media

Dragons Awaken in Times Square
A dragon boat awakening ceremony was held in Times Square on July 20 ahead of the 27th Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York, the largest such event in the city and in the US. Officiating at the colorful ceremony to kick off the festival, Director of HKETONY Steve Barclay said he hopes the festival would continue to foster stronger Hong Kong-New York sporting and cultural ties. More than 200 teams from around the country are expected to compete in the two-day festival (August 12-13) in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which will feature two new boats and a special race dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Details here.

  Dragons Awaken in Times Square
     

Hong Kong film directors and actress Carrie Ng in New York
Hong Kong directors Derek Hui, Wong Chun, and Lawrence Lau, were in New York to attend screenings of their respective films at the 16th New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF). During the July 13 media session, they discussed what defines Hong Kong films, how the industry is faring, and whether box office receipts are important in directing a movie. Welcoming the filmmakers, Director of HKETONY Steve Barclay said that he was pleased that the NYAFF introduced a special program this year to focus on Hong Kong’s exciting new generation of directors. Hong Kong actress Carrie Ng and director Alan Lo were also in New York for the screening of their film "Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight" on the final night of this year's NYAFF. They met with the audience after the screening. Details here.

  Hong Kong film directors and actress Carrie Ng in New York
     

Hong Kong films in the spotlight in New York
The 2017 New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) presented a diverse selection of 10 outstanding Hong Kong films, including a number of North American premieres. Its Star Hong Kong Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Hong Kong cinema legend Eric Tsang, in recognition of his tremendous contributions to the industry over the years, both on and behind the camera. The Festival is showcasing both the newest releases and classic hits from Hong Kong under the banner "Hong Kong Panorama", sponsored by the HKETONY, at Lincoln Center and the School of Visual Arts Theatre. Speaking at a press conference on July 12 to introduce Tsang and his "Mad World" colleagues to the media, the Director of HKETONY Steve Barclay said the Hong Kong Government's efforts to promote film development and nurture young talents have begun to bear fruit. Details here.

  Hong Kong films in the spotlight in New York
     

Hong Kong Day at Massachusetts State House
Hong Kong Commissioner to the US Clement Leung received a citation from the Office of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong SAR at the “Hong Kong Day” event at Massachusetts State House on July 11. More than 200 guests, including business and community leaders, as well as a number of state representatives and their staff, attended the event. Details here.

 
     

20th anniversary concert wows audience
Acclaimed musicians from Hong Kong and New York performed at the “From Hong Kong with Love” concert at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on July 8. The event was supported by the HKETONY in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong SAR. The evening's program featured traditional Chinese music, works by George Gershwin and Astor Piazzolla, and the world premiere of Zhen Chen’s composition “Longing”. Young award-winning Hong Kong pianist Wong Sze Yuen, flew in from Hong Kong to perform at the concert. Details here.

  20th anniversary concert wows audience
     

Hong Kong rugby teams compete in New York tournament
For the first time, two Hong Kong rugby teams competed in New York’s leading rugby tourney, the Hell Gate Sevens, on July 8. The tournament, which was part of the celebrations of the Hong Kong SAR’s 20th anniversary, was sponsored by the HKETONY for the second year running. Hong Kong clubs Sai Kung and Yuen Long, the winners of the Hong Kong District Rugby Sevens Tournament, competed in the men’s and women’s divisions, respectively, against the top teams in the American Northeast. Speaking at a July 6 press conference, HKETONY Director Steve Barclay said he hoped the competition would encourage further rugby and sports exchanges between two great cities - Hong Kong and New York. Details here.

  Hong Kong rugby teams compete in New York tournament
     

HKETONY rings bell at New York’s stock exchange
Director of HKETONY Steve Barclay rang the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange on June 30 afternoon, signaling the close of the day’s trading. This coincides with early morning of July 1 in Hong Kong – the very day of the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Adding some festive colors to the closing bell ceremony and the NYSE trading floor was a Cantonese opera singer and a lion dance troupe. Details here.

  HKETONY rings bell at New York’s stock exchange
     

Gala dinner celebrates Hong Kong SAR’s 20th anniversary in style
HKETONY hosted a gala dinner in New York (June 28) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Invited guests toasted to Hong Kong’s success and were treated to a performance of a “Hong Kong Medley” by Hong Kong- and New York-based musicians and a fashion show. In his keynote remarks, Hong Kong Commissioner to the US, Clement Leung said that Hong Kong continues to succeed thanks to the principle of “One Country, Two Systems,” which, he said, “has given businesses the trust, confidence and predictability to thrive in the region.” Details here.

  Gala dinner celebrates Hong Kong SAR’s 20th anniversary in style
     

HKETONY director meets with Hartford Mayor
Director Steve Barclay paid a courtesy call on Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin during his duty visit to Connecticut on June 23. In the meeting, they exchanged ideas and views on the two cities economic and transportation systems development. Details here.

  HKETONY director meets with Hartford Mayor
     

Director visits Nashville and Atlanta
Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York Steve Barclay highlighted the advantages of doing business in Hong Kong to government officials and business executives during his visit to Nashville and Atlanta (June 12-13). Details here.

  Director visits Nashville and Atlanta
     

Hong Kong musicians shine at Carnegie Hall
Six acclaimed musicians from Hong Kong’s Vantage Music Artists dazzled the New York audience at the “Inspirational Liaisons – Encore” concert at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall on June 11. The concert is supported by HKETONY to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Details here.

  Hong Kong musicians shine at Carnegie Hall
     

Dragon boats roar for 20A in Boston
A record 75 teams competed in the 38th Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival on June 10-11. This year's festival featured a special 20th anniversary race to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Details here.

  Dragon boats roar for 20A in Boston
     

20th anniversary of establishment of HKSAR celebration launched in Chicago
The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York(HKETONY) launched the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in Chicago with a glittering award night paying tribute to Teddy Robin Kwan on May 11. The versatile Hong Kong film and music talent was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Asian Pop-Up Cinema. Director of HKETONY Steve Barclay lauded Teddy Robin for his tremendous contribution to Hong Kong cinema and music. “A pioneer of Hong Kong’s pop-scene, and a prolific composer, he has produced and composed numerous Cantonese film scores that are easy listening with meaningful lyrics,” said Mr Barclay.
Details here.

  20th anniversary of establishment of HKSAR celebration launched in Chicago
     

Hong Kong Composers’ Music to Kick Off HKETONY's 20A Events
The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York (HKETONY) will be hosting more than 20 events to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, starting with an April 8 concert featuring works by all young Hong Kong composers. The “New Music from Hong Kong” concert at The DiMenna Centre for Classical Music in mid-town Manhattan features the world and US premieres of pieces by seven Hong Kong composers: Galison Lau, So Ka-wai, Austin Yip, Leung Chi-hin, Cynthia Wong, Wendy Lee and Donald Yu. Director of HKETONY Steve Barclay said 20 years since the return to the Motherland, Hong Kong remains a dynamic business center with a rich and thriving arts and cultural scene. “We hope to bring more Hong Kong success stories to the US, showcasing our talent and reaching out to American audiences under the theme ‘Together · Progress · Opportunity’,” he said. Details here.

  Hong Kong Composers’ Music to Kick Off HKETONY's 20A Events
     

HKETONY Director visits three Midwestern states
Director Steve Barclay of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York (HKETONY) visited the states of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana earlier this month (April 4-6) meeting with state government leaders, business executives and students. Details here.

  HKETONY Director visits three Midwestern states
     

Vivienne Tam's Fall/Winter 2017 Collection in New York rooted in Hong Kong
Vivienne Tam's Fall/Winter 2017 Collection, inspired by the electrifying energy of Hong Kong, was launched in New York Fashion Week February 15. The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York (HKETONY) is delighted to work with the international fashion designer as Hong Kong celebrates the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). The catwalk presentation by the fashion designer alluded to the vibrancy and beauty of the city where she grew up and studied. Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs, USA, Clement Leung said, "We are pleased to collaborate with the Hong Kong iconic fashion designer to celebrate our city's achievements over the past two decades with a Hong Kong-themed and inspired collection. Vivienne is known for her culture-bridging, East-meets-West approach to design." Details here.

  Vivienne Tam's Fall/Winter 2017 Collection in New York rooted in Hong Kong
     

Hong Kong Commissioner expresses hope for stronger trade relations
The Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs, USA, Clement Leung, has expressed hope that Hong Kong-US economic relations will gather momentum in the Year of the Rooster. Speaking to more than 300 guests at a Chinese New Year reception of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York (HKETONY), Mr Leung gave an update on the latest economic situation of Hong Kong. Welcoming guests, the Director of HKETONY Steve Barclay said the office will host a number of events and activities to celebrate the 20th anniversary. Details here.

  Hong Kong Commissioner expresses hope for stronger trade relations
     

Hong Kong Commissioner delivers keynote speech in Michigan

Hong Kong Commissioner to the United States Clement Leung delivered the keynote speech “Five Trends to Watch in Asia – How Hong Kong is Taking on the Challenges”, at the 26th Asia Business Conference at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business on Jan 20. He highlighted strong US-Hong Kong bilateral ties, and the latest developments in Hong Kong, including the city’s role in the "Belt and Road" initiative as well as the government's support for innovation and technology. Details here.

  Hong Kong Commissioner delivers keynote speech in Michigan
     

HKETONY director fosters ties with Atlanta
Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York (HKETONY) Steve Barclay visited Atlanta on July 6-8 to promote business and cultural ties between Hong Kong and the Peach State. Details here.

  HKETONY director fosters ties with Atlanta
     

 

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Announcements

Fair Winds Charter signed for cleaner air
Seventeen freight liners have signed up to the Fair Winds Charter and committed themselves to switching to cleaner fuel when berthing in Hong Kong. This will cut emissions of air pollutants substantially near the port area. Details here.


 


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